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Jennifer Casey (inset) and the crossing in Darndale where she was struck. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Jennifer Casey (inset) and the crossing in Darndale where she was struck. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

The scene of the hit-and-run

The scene of the hit-and-run

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Jennifer Casey (inset) and the crossing in Darndale where she was struck. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

THE mother of a six-year-old girl who suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run has described the heartbreak of seeing her daughter going into surgery and has blasted the "scum" who drove away.

On Wednesday evening, Jennifer Casey was thrown into the air by a van and landed on the bonnet as the vehicle drove away.

She then fell from the front of the vehicle after around 10 metres and garda sources said she was run over by the van, suffering horrific leg injuries.

suffered

Jennifer's mother Jenny Squires (28) yesterday took to social media to say: "My baby girl is gone down for her op, the most heart breaking thing I had to do.

"Please God and angels be with her and keep her safe, she is so, so brave and I love her."

Ms Squires said that Jennifer had suffered from bruised organs, a cut to her liver and needed an operation on her leg, but that she would be fine.

"She is very lucky to be alive. It was my worst nightmare looking at my baby getting flung up in the air back on to his bonnet and then the scum drives over her.

"We had right of way, but he wasn't stopping for no one," Ms Squires wrote.

She thanked everyone for their thoughts and prayers and said that her heart was broken.

Jennifer's father Thomas Casey told the Herald yesterday that she had a badly broken leg and internal injuries.

"Her mammy is with her in the hospital while I mind the other kids.

"As far as I know the gardai are still looking for the van," he explained.

Jennifer had been walking with her mother when she was struck by the van on the Malahide Road not far from the Clare Hall Shopping Centre.

They had been crossing the road at around 7.45pm and sources said that they had the green pedestrian light in their favour when a dark coloured van ploughed into the young girl.

Ms Squires ran to help her stricken daughter as other motorists stopped to help.

An ambulance was called and paramedics rushed Jennifer to Temple Street hospital.

Gardai have begun analysis of CCTV footage in the area in a bid to identity the registration number of the van, and trace the driver involved.

The van is believed to be a Renault Kangoo model, and was possibly green in colour.

The section where the hit-and-run took place is on a dual-carriageway, with a different set of pedestrian lights in operation on each side.

Prayers

Mothers using the crossing were yesterday horrified that a driver could leave a scene after knocking down a child.

Garda sources said the driver would have to have known they had hit little Jennifer.

They have asked anybody with any information to phone Coolock gardai at 01 6664200 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

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